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24th October 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
If I had a dollar for every time an English student mispronounced the simple past form of regular verbs, I would be a rich and happy man. As it is, I'm a poor and happy man. I'm happy because I have created a video that will stop students putting an extra syllable in walked and lived. This video lesson will show all students how easy it is to always pronounce the ed ending as either /id/, /t/ or /d/. Watch this video a few times and you will be sounding like a native English speaker before you can say "I have learned the secret!" (without the extra syllable in learned) This video was c...
16th August 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
Do you like fruit? Do you like nuts? Fruit and nuts make up an important part of our diet. Because of this it is important to learn the vocabulary of fruit and nuts. As you learn the vocabulary in this colourful, fast-paced English lesson, you can also practice your pronunciation.
23rd August 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
This lesson looks at the names of animals in English. It also helps you learn the phonetic alphabet. The phonetic alphabet can really help you to pronounce words properly. Every good dictionary will give you a phonetic transcription of every word. Learn the phonetic alphabet and never worry about mispronouncing a word again.
27th August 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
Warning: This video contains images of nudity! Watch a censored version. This lesson looks at the names of clothes in English. It also helps you learn the phonetic alphabet. The phonetic alphabet can really help you to pronounce words properly. Every good dictionary will give you a phonetic transcription of every word. Learn the phonetic alphabet and never worry about mispronouncing a word again.
21st September 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
Furniture and furnishings in English. This lesson will help you to learn, understand and pronounce the words we use in English to describe items of furniture. Every word has both a pronunciation and a phonetic transcription to help your improve your pronunciation. The words range from the common words like table and chair to the less common like settle. Each word is accompanied by a high-quality image to help you learn more effectively.
15th July 2009
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
An introduction to the important area of phonetics. Phonetics are an essential part of an English student's learning process. If you learn phonetics, your pronunciation will improve dramatically and quickly.
18th June 2010
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast
Many of my students, no matter how good their English, confuse personal pronouns. Pronouns like he, she, it and one, I, you and they, me, you and them, we and us, cause endless confusion for students. This video aims to put this confusion to rest once and for all. With visual clues to help you remember, this English language video will help you avoid making the same mistakes with personal pronouns. This aspect of English grammar can be very awkward.
23rd April 2014
Elementary
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
A 3D animation video English lesson about countryside vocabulary for elementary students of English. This video looks at the names of common animals and at some prepositions. If you can, this is best watched in HD 1920x1080.
12th September 2009
Pre-Intermediate
Transport Language
Podcast
This is a fast-paced English lesson that looks at the language we use at the airport. You will find vocabulary about people and places at the airport, about the technical aspects of an airport and about the questions we often ask when flying. The video and exercises also contain phonetics practice.
15th January 2010
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Have you ever heard of the expression, Don't count your chickens until they are hatched? This expression comes from the Ancient Greek writer, Aesop. This video about The Maid and Her Pot of Milk tells the story in words and pictures to help you learn and remember vocabulary such as: allowing for, ball, daydreaming, farmhouse, fetch a price, maid, market, mishaps, pail, poultry, propose, toss of the head, and unison. The story illustrates the moral that we should not consider anything as definite until we have done the necessary work to make it a reality.
20th August 2011
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This vocabulary lesson will teach you the following parts of the head and face: angle of the jaw, beard, bridge of the nose, cheek, cheeks, chin, corner of the eye, corner of the mouth, dimple, ear, eye, eyebrow, eyebrows, eyelash, eyelashes, eyelid, eyelids, eyes, forehead, hairline, head, iris, jaw line, lip, lips, moustache, mouth, neck, nose, nostril, nostrils, pupil, sideburn, teeth, throat, tip of the nose, and tooth. The first half of the video is voice only. The second half of the video gives you the words on screen, too.
29th October 2012
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Starlings and sparrows often perch on a television aerial across the street. I used them to test the video capabilities of my new digital camera. You are watching slow-motion footage of what I saw. I thought the sparrow and the starling were fighting. But when I looked closer, I saw an insect flying past the sparrow. Too late, the sparrow tried to catch the insect. The starling had seen the insect long before the sparrow had. With perfect timing, the starling snapped the insect from the air. As the two birds returned to their perch, the sparrow had a chance to show off its own incredible aer...
28th October 2009
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Charles Dickens was a very famous English author. He wrote many popular books including Oliver Twist. In this book there is a character called the Artful Dodger. Dodger, dodge, dodgy, dodgier, dodgiest, are common in English, especially in informal English. This One Minute English lesson looks at the meanings for each of these words and shows you how to use each in context.
2nd April 2014
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Prepositions are one of the hardest parts of any language to learn, and English prepositions are no different. In this video we will take a look at the preposition on, and some expressions that use it.See how many times I use the preposition, on, in this Video English Lesson.
3rd September 2013
Pre-Intermediate
Idiomatic Language
Podcast &
Typescript
This Video English Lesson is a CLIL-type look at new language and new expressions using the subject of the praying mantis. Finding a preying mantis in the park made me think of some useful expressions that I’d like to share with you. Expressions like, to lose your head, to keep your head, on a wing and a prayer, and more. We also take a look at some homophones and some synonyms.
16th December 2013
Pre-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
This Video English Lesson looks at green things, things that are green, and helps you to build your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation. In this Lesson we are going to look at 30 things that are green. Can you name them all? As each image is shown, try to name the thing or things you see. I’ll say the word and you see if you are right. If you’re using this in a classroom, you might want to pause the video as each picture appears. Your students can then try to name the thing in the picture. We’ll then use the name of the thing in a sentence.
3rd February 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between October 23rd and November 21st, then your star sign is Scorpio. The symbol of Scorpio is the scorpion. Scorpio's element is Water. Scorpio's modality is Fixed. Scorpio's polarity is negative or feminine (yin). Scorpio's ruling planet is Pluto. Scorpio has a massive amount of emotional and physical energy that needs to be channelled positively if stagnation and depression are to be avoided.
26th September 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Eyes play a part in many English Expressions. This lesson looks at 47 of the most common. Do you know what connection eyes and the belly have? Do you know how a man with brown eyes can be called a blue-eyed boy? Have you got eyes in the back of your head? Has anyone ever given you their eye? These questions and more are answered here in this Video English Lesson. The English in the lesson is mainly British English.
7th October 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
The heart makes many expressions in English, and not just to do with love and romance. There are many common expressions that use the word heart in this video lesson. If you can find it in your heart, do this lesson. Don't let your heart sink if you can't get all the answers right away. Watch the video as many times as you want.
1st November 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
We are all of us part of a family of one sort or another. Family members have various names in English and some of them like husband, wife, uncle, aunt, nephew and niece, are among the few English words that have gender. This video shows how the members of an extended family are related to each other. From grandfather and grandmother though parents - father and mother - to sons, daughters, brother and sister, grandchildren and cousins, this video Lesson gives you all the words you need to describe your own family in English.
18th November 2009
Intermediate
Medical Language
Podcast
The influenza virus has been killing people for thousands of years. The virus mutates rapidly, sometimes creating deadly strains against which we have no defence. There is a current deadly strain called swine flu that has been declared a pandemic. Thousands of people have died, and thousands more are expected to die. This video looks at this disease, examining the symptoms and providing useful medical vocabulary for English language students.
22nd November 2009
Intermediate
Medical Language
Podcast
Blood is the most important thing in our bodies. Lose too much and we die. It is so important that many expressions in English use the word, Blood. This lesson looks at the language of blood and the expressions that we make from the word. Expressions like: Blood is thicker than water | Bloodshed | Cold-blooded | In cold blood | Blood run cold | Hot-blooded | Blood up| Blood boils | Blue blood | Fresh blood/new blood | Half-blood | To run in the blood | Own flesh and blood | Young blood | Blood clot and more.
27th November 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Question tags are those small questions that we add to the end of sentences, aren't they? They cause problems for even the most advanced of student, don't they? This video English lesson will give you all the rules you need to never make a mistake with question tags again, won't it?
24th January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between June 21st and July 22nd, then your star sign is Cancer. The symbol of Cancer is the crab. Cancer's ruling planet is the Moon. Cancer has a profound need for family, though their powerful emotions can be smothering. They have a keen intuition that can be spoiled by a tendency towards anxiety.
9th January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between March 21st and April 19th, then your star sign is Aries. The symbol of Aries is the ram. Aries' element is fire. Aries' modality is cardinal. Aries' polarity is positive or masculine (yang). Aries' ruling planet is Mars.
17th March 2010
Intermediate
Culinary Language
Podcast
There are many recipes for chilli con carne, but this is mine. It has taken me over 25 years to perfect the recipe and it's a secret that I'm going to share with you today. I'm sharing it with you on the understanding that you keep it a secret. Not only will you learn how to cook the best chilli con carne you have ever tasted, but you will also increase your English vocabulary and learn about countable and uncountable nouns. Vocabulary words include the verbs, chop, cut, peel, crush, fry, stir, boil, simmer and more. There are also nouns to do with cooking including the ingredients and the u...
16th December 2009
Intermediate
Cultural Language
Podcast
The most recognisable symbol of Christmas is Father Christmas. Santa Claus, as he is also known, has a long history that goes back to the Germanic gods. He is a fusion of Christian and pagan figures merged into the figure we know today as recently as 1822. The Santa we recognise was first drawn by Thomas Nast in 1863. Before then he wore a green cloak. Nast added his reindeer – a suggestion, perhaps, of Odin’s horse Sleipnir. This lesson looks at the evolution of Santa into the jolly, bearded fat man children and marketers love today. This lesson is part one of a five part series...
20th December 2009
Intermediate
Cultural Language
Podcast
Just like the festivals of Saturnalia and Yule from which it sprang, Christmas is a time of feasting. Everyone eats and drinks much too much. This lesson looks at the food eaten at a traditional British Christmas. This lesson is part one of a five part series looking at the British Christmas. Father Christmas | Origins of Christmas | Reinvention of Christmas | Xmas Symbols Watch and Listen videos have no on-screen words to help your listening skill development. The video lessons use words, sounds and images to help you learn not only the vocabulary of Christma...
10th January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between April 19th and May 20th, then your star sign is Taurus. The symbol of Taurus is the bull. Taurus' element is Earth. Taurus' modality is fixed. Taurus' polarity is negative or feminine (yin). Taurus' ruling planet is Venus.
23rd February 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Do you know what a lunatic is? Do you know what lunacy is? What is the difference between a waxing gibbous moon and a waning gibbous moon? Why are some tides so much higher than others? Does the Moon really influence the brain or even a woman's menstrual cycle? These questions and more are answered in this English language lesson about our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon. There is a short related video lesson here.
22nd January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between May 21st and June 20th, then your star sign is Gemini. The symbol of Gemini is twins. Gemini's element is Air. Gemini's modality is mutable. Gemini's polarity is positive or masculine (yang). Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury.
29th January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between September 23rd and October 22nd, then your star sign is Libra. The symbol of Libra is the scales. Libra's element is air. Libra's polarity is positive or masculine. Libra's ruling planet is Venus. Libra is rational and fair, but the need for balance creates paralysing indecision. This English lesson will help you understand the vocabulary used to describe people in general and Libra in particular.
25th January 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between July 23rd and August 22nd, then your star sign is Leo. Leo's symbol is the lion. Leo's planet is the Sun. Leo's modality is fixed and Leo's polarity is positive.
26th October 2011
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Here is a subject you won't find in any detail in any of your English textbooks. It's strange really, when you consider that each and every one of us does this at least once or twice a day. Yet many people, and the English in particular, are rather embarrassed when talking about going to the toilet. The English, being somewhat reluctant to admit that they do go to the toilet, have invented many expressions to sanitise this rather natural bodily function.
5th February 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between November 22nd and December 21st, then your star sign is Sagittarius. The symbol of Sagittarius is the archer. Sagittarius' element is fire. Sagittarius' ruling planet is Jupiter. Sagittarius cannot exist without their freedom. They need continual challenge in their work and relationships, and hate claustrophobic conditions.
9th February 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between December 22nd and January 19th, then your star sign is Capricorn. Capricorn's element is Earth. Capricorn's ruling planet is Saturn. Capricorn is loyal with a good sense of humour. Prone to pessimism, they need the support of family and friends, even if they don't show it emotionally.
7th May 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This video English lesson looks at all of the egg idioms I could think of. Eggs must play a very important part in British life because there are so many idioms that mention them. So be a good egg and get cracking on this video. If you don't learn them all, as sure as eggs is eggs, you'll have egg on your face. They might not be easy to learn, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs and at least you don't have to shell out on this video - it's free.
26th May 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
It was a long time coming but this video is certainly the cream of the crop when it comes to my English language learning videos. Now that it's finished, I look like the cat that got the cream. I'm overflowing with the milk of human kindness so I'm sharing it with you in the hope that you will enjoy learning these 21 English dairy idioms. If you know what side your bread is buttered, you'll take the time to watch it a few times
28th May 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
If idioms have been driving you bananas, here is just the video you need. It's a peach of a video, packed full of juicy idioms. After you have mastered these idioms, life will be just a bowl of cherries. This is the latest fruit of my labours and the apple of my eye. Don't be a rotten apple, share this with your friends on YouTube and on the Internet.
26th July 2010
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
There are three small English words that cause a lot of difficulty for many people. To, Too and Two are homophones and even native English speakers confuse them, too. This video has been created to help you avoid confusion in the future. It aims to entertain you, too. There are self-test questions under the video to help you practice what you have learned in the video.
22nd September 2011
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
It’s not easy remembering the days of the week, even if you are a native speaker. It’s like learning to tie your shoelaces. I’m sure you had some problems learning the days of the week in your own language. I mean, it’s not as if the days of the week coincide with anything on a particular day, is it? This video aims to make learning the days of the week as interesting and entertaining as possible.
1st October 2011
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
There are four seasons in an English year. In English these are spring, also known as springtime, summer, which is also called summertime, autumn, or fall in the English of the USA, because it is the time when leaves fall, and winter or wintertime. Each season lasts for 3 months and there are 12 months in a year. 
25th October 2009
Intermediate
Cultural Language
Podcast
This is a seasonal One Minute English Lesson. Halloween is one of the oldest festivals in Britain. It was originally the Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrating the last day of summer. Many of the traditions maintained by those who celebrate Halloween can be traced to the Celtic origins. This video gives you some of the vocabulary of Halloween. The vocabulary includes, witch, broomstick, ghost, mask, soul, dead, bat, spider, skeleton and more.
11th October 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
In this one minute lesson I look at the problem of using "its" and "it's". It's a problem a lot of native English speakers have. Once you understand that "it" is a pronoun, and that apostrophes indicate a missing letter, you will have no more problems with using these words. In deference to some students who commented on the first One Minute English lesson that it was too fast, I have put less words into this one. There are 117 words in total; 100 less than the first lesson. Don't forget to use your pause button if you need time to think.
9th October 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is my way of packing as much English language learning into 60 seconds as possible. The introduction and end credits don't count as part of the learning process, if anyone is tempted to comment about these parts of the video. In the one minute of the lesson proper you will be exposed to lots of ways that we use the word minute in normal daily usage. There is a great mnemonic (memory aid) in the video to help you remember the heterophones. This is a very fast-paced lesson, but you can always use the pause button on your video player. If you like it, please comment and I'll make some more. ...
16th October 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
When do we use "be going to" and when do we use "will"? This lesson puts it simply and memorably. There are 138 spoken words, and several explanatory sentences in the video. Don't forget to use your pause button if you need time to think or read. This 1 minute English lesson is related to the Interactive Quiz, English Has No Future, which goes into much more detail.
12th October 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
In this one minute lesson I look at the use of "fun" and "funny". Many students of English confuse the use of these with funny consequences. English should be fun, but making mistakes isn't very funny. I hope this short lesson will stop you making the same mistake again. There are 91 words in the video. Don't forget to use your pause button if you need time to think.
29th September 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
A photo of the London Eye from St James Park, London. In this lesson I explore the photograph and present language in context. The lessons are for when you have only a few spare minutes to learn English. The lessons are just 3 minutes long, but they give you 10 vocabulary words and 8 sentences using the words in the context of the photograph. The visual component means that you will better remember the vocabulary and the way it is used. This is also a great way to practice for exams such as FCE, which ask you to describe photographs.
28th September 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
An exploration of a photograph of a beautiful dragonfly. The lesson is just three and a half minutes long, but gives you 10 vocabulary words and 10 sentences using the words in the context of the photograph. The visual component means that you will better remember the vocabulary and the way it is used. This is also a great way to practice for exams such as FCE, which ask you to describe photographs.
30th September 2009
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Explore with me a picture of a typical British seaside holiday resort. Scarborough in the north-east of England has been a popular holiday destination for Brits since the Victorian times. In this exploration we find 10 new words in the photograph and give you their use in the context of the picture.
2nd October 2009
Intermediate
Transport Language
Podcast
Explore with me around a luxury cruise ship, the MS Europa. She's moored in Cadiz harbour. As we explore the ship we find 10 new words and I give you their use in the context of the picture.
11th March 2013
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Leaves are all around. You find them on trees, on plants, and in books. Let’s turn over a new leaf and learn all about leaves.
1st April 2013
Intermediate
British Pronunciatio...
Podcast &
Typescript
A bee buzzes. A snake hisses. When do we use the /s/ sound and when do we use the /z/ sound, and what's the difference? The two sounds /s/ and /z/ are very close and cause endless confusion for students. There are some rules and the rules are normally to do with the voiced and unvoiced sounds. A voiced sound is that made when we use our vocal cords. /z/ is the voiced form of the sound /s/, which is unvoiced. This video English lesson will explain everything.
18th May 2013
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
With over 10,000 species, birds are never far from us. Where I live, in Seville, Spain, I’m surrounded by birds. In this lesson we’ll learn some useful vocabulary and expressions about birds.
28th March 2014
Intermediate
British Pronunciatio...
Podcast &
Typescript
In this lesson, we are going to look at the vowel sound that we find in the word bird /ɜ:/. You can see that this vowel has two dots after it which indicates that it is a long vowel sound.The /ɜ:/ sound is a central accented vowel sound with no lip rounding. Technically, this vowel sound is the open-mid central unrounded vowel. It is a sound that does not normally occur in other languages besides English.Notice that on the chart, the /ɜ:/ sits next to the /ɜ:/vowel sound /ɜ:/. The two sounds are distinguished only by length, the schwa being short and the /ɜ:/ being longer. As with all lo...
29th March 2014
Intermediate
British Pronunciatio...
Podcast &
Typescript
In this video, we’ll take a look at the open-mid back rounded vowel /ɔ:/ on our British English IPA chart.There are eleven ways of spelling the /ɔ:/ sound.
28th June 2013
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
I’ve yet to meet anyone who loves wasps. Yet, without wasps, we would be overrun by species of pest insects that would decimate agriculture. Every insect that farmers consider to be a pest has a species of wasp which preys on it. There are about 30,000 species of wasp, of which 1000 are social wasps. Unlike solitary wasps, social wasps live in colonies. Wasp colonies can contain thousands of individuals, or just a dozen or so, depending on the species. The wasp factory I recently discovered in the park near my house was built by the paper wasp. This lesson looks at the wasps and some ...
13th September 2013
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Ellipsis is a habit that native English speakers have of missing out words when the meaning is clear - to them. This Video English Lesson and Interactivity has been created to help you understand the way ellipsis is used in English.
3rd April 2014
Intermediate
British Pronunciatio...
Podcast &
Typescript
All about the A vowel in the word cat.The length of the /æ/ vowel is dependent on the context or the way in which particular words are spoken.Luckily for us, the spelling of the /æ/ vowel sound is 99 times out of a hundred the letter A.Remember that this does not mean that every letter A is pronounced as /æ/.
22nd October 2013
Intermediate
Technology Language
Podcast &
Typescript
This Video English Lesson looks at my new fibre optic Internet connection. It's so amazing that I felt I had to share it with the world. I also thought I ought to make this Interactivity to give you a bit of practice with the language of the Internet and connections.
14th April 2014
Intermediate
British Pronunciatio...
Podcast &
Typescript
In this video, we’ll take a look at the /ʌ/ sound on our British English IPA chart. The /ʌ/ vowel is a short vowel sound. It’s a central, slightly raised vowel, made with the mouth open without lip rounding, and without tongue involvement. Unlike the /æ/, which I have already said is spelt 99% of the time with the letter A, there are several ways to spell the /ʌ/ sound.
23rd December 2013
Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Here are some words in English that are of Indian origin. English absorbs words from many languages, and the British Raj, the British Empire in India, gave English a lot of new words. This animated cartoon Video English Lesson will tell you more.
5th January 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Trees are some of the longest-lived things on our planet. Some trees can live for thousands of years. This CLIL type Video English Lesson will help you to learn the language of trees with visual reinforcement of key vocabulary. There is also a great Interactive Quiz that you can do online and which will help you to learn and understand the new vocabulary in the lesson. You can also download a PDF version of the quiz to use in the classroom.
17th September 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
There are certain words in English that are confusing because we spell them the same, they sound the same, but they don't mean the same things. These words are called homonyms. Saw is a homonym, as is rose, and countless others. This video lesson introduces some of these homonyms and helps with your understanding and pronunciation. You will never again be confused by the verb to tire or the noun, tire (or tyre).
5th November 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective that ever existed. Nowhere in the universe would you find another who shares his singular ability to deduce the truth. And there's his friend Dr. Watson. This joke centres on Watson's attempt to out-deduce Holmes himself. You might have heard this joke before, but it's never been told like this. Learn dozens of new words and expressions in English and have a good laugh at the same time. I'm sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have approved of this English lesson.
28th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Life is uncertain. All of us would like to feel that there is a plan set out for us. Astrology has fascinated people for centuries because it claims to be able to provide us with a glimpse of this plan of our lives. Astrology has been rejected by the scientific community as superstition, but many people still believe in the claims of astrologers. People consult their daily horoscope in the newspapers. Romances are decided on the matching of star signs. Some people plan their lives around their horoscope.
8th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is video 5 of a series of 8. These videos look at marriage through the words of some famous people. This video uses the words of Samuel Johnson. Johnson was in favour of marriage, even if it was to a much older woman.
5th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is video 2 of a series of 8. These videos look at marriage through the words of some famous people. This video uses the words of Sydney Smith, an English clergyman and wit. He gives us his definition of marriage.
9th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is video 6 of a series of 8. These videos look at marriage through the words of some famous people. This video uses the words of King Vidor, the acclaimed American film director. It also looks in detail at two early 19th Century humorous engravings by James Gillray, published on 25th October 1805.
11th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is video 8 of a series of 8. These videos look at marriage through the words of some famous people. This video uses the words of Ambrose Bierce and his obvious dissatisfaction of marriage and his cynical opinion of love.
10th December 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is video 7 of a series of 8. These videos look at marriage through the words of some famous people. This video uses the life and works of Benjamin Franklin, the great American polymath.
11th February 2010
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between February 19th and March 19th, then your star sign is Pisces. The symbol of Pisces is two fish. Pisces' element is Water. Pisces displays an immediate, generous and overwhelming emotional response to everything. They find it difficult to see the truth of things through the poetic, romantic cloud in which they hide reality.
10th February 2010
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This is one of a series of English lessons based on the theme of astrology. They are designed to teach you vocabulary, and especially personal descriptive adjectives. If you were born between January 20th and February 18th, then your star sign is Aquarius. The symbol of Aquarius is the water carrier. Aquarius' element is air. Uranus rules Aquarius. Aquarians are individualists. They build their lives on their own inclinations and can have trouble relating to other people.
6th April 2010
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
This English lesson looks at all of the English colour idioms I could think of. You may be feeling blue about your English studies but I'm giving you the green light to pass any test with flying colours. If you don't know the difference between a scarlet woman and a red herring, you will be tickled pink by all the idioms in this video. So don't be yellow; watch this video all the way through and you will be able to do the extras with flying colours.
5th June 2010
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
All the idioms in English that are associated with meat. If you don't know your red meat from your white meat, your mutton from your lamb, then this is the video for you. You will learn Idioms like bringing home the bacon, ham-fisted, mutton dressed as lamb, no spring chicken, and chicken feed. Don't be sheepish. Watch this video now and you won't have to run around like a headless chicken trying to remember meat idioms. You'll take to them like a duck to water and when your chickens come home to roost, you'll have all the right answers.
7th September 2011
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
What makes an insect an insect? Many people think that any tiny creature is an insect, but they would be better off using the non-scientific term, creepy-crawly. While some insects, such as the mosquito, spread disease, most would be sorely missed if they were to disappear. Pollinator decline is the reduction of insects which have evolved as the only pollinators of flowering plants.
5th May 2012
Upper-Intermediate
Scientific Language
Podcast &
Typescript
What exactly is electricity? This video has been designed to bring you a short history of the discovery and use of electricity. It will introduce you to many new words and phrases connected with electricity. You will learn the origin of the word and see how quickly the world changed after mankind managed to understand and harness electricity for his own uses.
16th December 2012
Upper-Intermediate
Cultural Language
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A museum gives us a peek into the past and makes us realise that, apart from the technology, we are essentially the same as those who came before us. This Video English Lesson explores the useful vocabulary of museums by exploring some of the treasures on view at Seville's Archaeological Museum, Spain. You will learn the meaning of words such as: gallery, exhibit, exhibition, collection, artefact, antiquity, relic, label, plinth, mount, alcove, torso, statue, sculpture, bust, mosaic, column, capital, archaeological, archaeology, prehistoric, tantalising, skull, owl, adorn, rim, hoard, grisly...
13th October 2009
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
Other or another is another problem that many students struggle with. This lesson helps clarify how and when we can use one or the other of these words in English. There are 124 words in the video and 8 ways of using other and another. Don't forget to use your pause button if you need time to think.
11th October 2010
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast
The 12th of October is Columbus Day in Spain and many Spanish speaking countries in South America. The day honours Christopher Columbus, the man who brought the Americas to the attention of the Europeans. Though Columbus thought that he had landed in Asia, he is nevertheless considered to be the man who opened up the New World to the population of the Old World This Video English Lesson is my tribute to this interesting man, and it brings to a wider audience one of the greatest monuments to him that exists. The monument to Christopher Columbus in Seville, Spain was inspired by the story of ...
25th January 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
Iron is a metal. It's also a boring household chore. It's a homophone, too. In this video we'll keep an eye on iron. Notice one thing first. There is no /r/ sound in the word iron. It's iron. /ˈɑɪən/ If you learn nothing more from this video, learn this. I don't think I have ever had a student who has not wanted to pronounce the /r/ sound. There is no such thing as iron with an /r/ unless your name is Ron and you are not very good at English. As far as metals go, iron is the most useful and most abundant metal on Earth.Iron is everywhere. Look around you. How many things are made of it o...
19th February 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
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Typescript
The first images of life on an alien world? Cloud-topped mountains? Verdant peaks and fertile valleys? The Mars rover, Curiosity, has been searching for similar signs of alien life for several months.
14th March 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Idiomatic Language
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He's as dead as a doornail! Would you like to know why he's as dead as a doornail and not just dead? Would you like to know why there is a park on my doorstep? Do this lesson and get your foot in the door of the world of English idioms.
8th June 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
There are many forms of transport available to us today. I’d like to talk about what I consider to be the best form of transport there is – the bicycle. Let’s take a look in detail at the vocabulary of the bicycle. There are over a billion bicycles in the world. Until recently, the bicycle was the world’s most popular form of transport. Unfortunately, there are now over a billion cars in the world, too, and there will be another billion in twenty years or so, if the demand for cars from China and India continues. What a disaster for the planet, for the environment an...
27th August 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Scientific Language
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Typescript
I’ve noticed that some of the insects I have taken pictures of seem to have pupils like we do. The pupil is the black hole in the middle of your eye, which allows light to enter. Most insects have compound eyes, so why do some insects, like this dragonfly, seem to have pupils, too? I thought I’d take a closer look…
30th August 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Everyday Language
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They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle. Well, few Englishmen have dwellings as big as the fortress I found the other day. I was heading towards the mountains to the southwest of Seville, Spain, when I came across a magnificent stronghold. I’ve discovered a great subject for an English lesson, thought I. So, without further ado, I present for your enjoyment, the remarkably well preserved Castillo de las Aguzaderas. In this video we will explore the remarkably intact castle and look at some common vocabulary of castles. This vocabulary includes curtain wall, tower, turret,...
11th September 2013
Upper-Intermediate
Business Language
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Typescript
Do you desire business success, but find that it's just out of reach? Do you crave promotion, but find that you're always being passed over? Do you have great ideas, but don't seem to be able to get them across? It might all be the fault of one little English word. Stop using this one word and you will be more successful in your business dealings in English...
6th April 2014
Upper-Intermediate
Idiomatic Language
Podcast &
Typescript
A 3D Animated English Lesson looking at some common English expressions. Make no bones about it, everyone has a skeleton inside them. Your skeleton is the framework that holds your body up. Without a skeleton, we would be like blobs of melted cheese. I wore my fingers to the bone to bring you this Video English Lesson, so I'll have a bone to pick with you if you don't enjoy it!
23rd March 2010
Advanced
Everyday Language
Podcast
This video English lesson brings you Aesop's Fable, the North Wind and the Sun. The moral of this story is that pursuasion is better than force. It's easier to get people to do what you want them to do if you make them want to do something. There is also an exercise under the video where you have to rewrite the story.
5th October 2011
Advanced
Transport Language
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Since the days of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in 1903, aircraft have become ever more sophisticated and bigger. The Wright brothers’ Flyer had a wingspan of 12.3 metres and weighed 274 kg. In comparison, the Airbus A400M military transport plane has a wingspan of 42.4 metres and has a maximum take-off weight of 141,000 kg. This Video English Lesson looks at the differences between the Wright brother's Flyer and the new Airbus Military A400M transporter.
13th November 2011
Advanced
Everyday Language
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This is a Video English Lesson in two parts. Part one has no on-screen text to help develop your listening skills. Part two, which begins at 10:33, has the words on the screen to help with your understanding. In this video, I'd like to share with you some of my observations about one all-pervasive aspect of life here in Spain -- begging.
5th February 2013
Advanced
Scientific Language
Podcast &
Typescript
If you stop for a moment, and look closely at the world around you, you can find some pretty amazing things. I thought I’d share with you some of the amazing things I found today.
22nd February 2014
Advanced
Cultural Language
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Edward Lear (12th May 1812 - 29th January 1888) was an English poet, author, artist and illustrator who is most famous for his nonsense poems. This nonsense rhyme, The Jumblies, is one of his most famous and well-loved.
12th April 2014
Advanced
Idiomatic Language
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This 3D Animated video English Lesson is based around the English idiom, to kick the bucket. In it, I examine the reality of our impending and inevitable death in an innovative, entertaining and engaging way. There has never been a YouTube English lesson quite like this, and it is the start of many more imaginative lessons to come. I think it safe to say that this is the most innovative English lesson you will ever have seen - unless you have already seen the next one, of course!
16th December 2013
Advanced
British Pronunciatio...
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This is the story of Sue the sewer and Sid the sewer man. The story is rich in homophones, homonyms and terribly taxing tongue twisters. It will help you with the verbs to sew and to sow and also the nouns, sewer and sewer, among other things. So, let’s begin…
13th October 2011
Proficient
Everyday Language
Podcast &
Typescript
A term that has become increasingly popular in English since the 1970s has been political correctness or PC. In simple terms, this means avoiding the use of words or phrases that might upset someone's sensibilities.  In more complex terms, this means being afraid to say what you think because it just might be deemed offensive by the PC Brigade. It is a curtailing of our freedom of speech.

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